US billionaire Friedkin eyes takeover of Italian club AS Roma

Texas-based billionaire Dan Friedkin is poised to buy out a consortium led by fellow American James Pallota and own a majority stake in Italian club AS Roma.

The deal is reportedly worth up to 780 million euros ($872 million), according to several reports in Italy on Sunday.

The James Pallotta-led consortium bought two-thirds of Roma’s shares in 2012.

Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia reported that a preliminary agreement has been reached between both parties.

There was no official confirmation of the deal but Roma had in November said the club was in “preliminary talks with potential investors”.

Friedkin, 54 years-old, is the chief executive of Friedkin Group, the owner of Gulf States Toyota, an independent vehicle distributor in the US.

Friedkin’s son Ryan could move to the Italian capital to manage the club, according to Italian news agency AGI.

Pallotta, chairman of Boston-based hedge fund Raptor Capital Management, may keep a minority stake in the club, according to reports.

Three-time Italian league champions Roma, who have not won Serie A since 2001, are currently fourth in the Italian league, just behind city rivals Lazio.

Their last silverware was the Italian Cup in 2008.

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